Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) Seeks Summer Staff and Teen Participant Nominees

Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) Seeks Summer Staff and Teen Participant Nominees

Do you have gifts for leadership you wish to share with teens, ages 15-18, or with college students?
Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) is seeking applications from seminarians, graduate school mentors, and religious leaders for full-time staff positions at our dynamic eight-day exploration of peacemaking, vocation, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, service, urban immersion, and leadership training. IFYI focuses on 5 Core Values: Building Bridges, Training Leaders, Engaging Faith, Making Peace, and Serving Others.  IFYI is a program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, in partnership with Episcopal Divinity School, Northeastern University, and Harvard Pluralism Project.
IFYI is scheduled June 25- July 2, 2013 at Brandeis University
(Waltham, MA) on the Theme:
"The Ways of Truth and Love”
Staff positions require participation in an extended planning session
and a conference call during the Spring.
Staff applications involve a recent resume, two references’ contact information,
and a letter or email describing your experiences and interests.
Staff applications are due by March 1st, 2013.
For a full application, please contact Matt Carriker at:
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), 474 Centre St. Newton, MA 02458, 

 IFYI is a uniquely powerful and transformative experience designed for teens (ages 15-18), college students, and graduate students serving as mentors and staff. IFYI offers a powerful, fun, and dynamic mix of community building, workshops, service experiences, and learning trips which will engage urban and suburban realities. Along with our eight day residential immersion experience (June 25-July 2), IFYI offers ongoing opportunities in the academic year for mentoring, retreats, and support for youth in pursuing their academic and professional dreams.
Participants will learn about their own leadership and peacemaking styles and develop new skills for transformation in their schools, communities, and congregations. Youth will create film, art, poetry/spoken word, dance and theological reflections on their visions of justice and peace.
Participants come from diverse religious backgrounds and grow more deeply in their own faith traditions through dialogue and action with others. Leadership (currently) comes from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Interfaith, and Unitarian Universalist traditions. All are welcome.
PLEASE ALSO NOMINATE TEENS FOR THE PROGRAM. We are seeking mature young people (ages 15-18, and college age) curious and passionate about faith, with gifts and energy, who may be exploring an emerging vocation or who are simply open to learning and building community in a supportive faith setting and in the city. Spaces fill fast, so nominate soon by emailing, calling, or writing a note to the IFYI office with contact information for teens, and their parent, guardian, or youth leader. Request information from to send information to yourself or a youth.



Matt Carriker

Rev. Matt Carriker is the Pastor at Agape Spiritual Community. As an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Matt is also an author, spiritual coach, and retreat leader.  Matt is passionate about altering Christianity today ...

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